TENNIS: Karim Hossam banned for life for match-fixing
The 24-year-old was banned for life and given a $15,000 fine after he was found guilty of 16 corruption charges under section D of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program.
These charges included match-fixing, facilitating betting, providing inside information and failing to report corrupt approaches to the TIU.
“The case was based on a TIU investigation and adjudicated by independent Anti-Corruption Hearing Officer (AHO) Jane Mulcahy QC,” the TIU announced in an official statement.
“The breaches of the sport’s anti-corruption code were committed at ITF Futures tournaments over a five-year period between 2013 and 2017.
“Mr Hossam has been subject to a provisional suspension imposed by AHO Mulcahy in June 2017, which has subsequently prevented him playing in or attending any authorised tennis events.”
Karim Hossam was ranked No.11 as a junior and his highest ranking as a professional tennis player was at No.337 in 2012, however, he was ranked No.1136 in 2017.
He won four ITF titles including Egypt F9 Futures, Egypt F13 Futures, Egypt F17 Futures and Egypt F27 Futures.
This ban means that Hossam is not allowed to compete in any recognized tennis event, however, he can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to try to lift the ban.
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